MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin announced today that he has ordered the cancellation of Vice President Leni Robredo’s diplomatlc passport, less than 24 hours after he cancelled all courtesy diplomatic passports of ex-envoys and government officials, including that of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario.
Locsin emphasized, however, than his decision to revoke Robredo’s passport was not in retaliation for her criticism.
Locsin said that DFA’s cancellation of the VP’s diplomatic passport was based on the fact that most, if not all of Robredo’s foreign trips were personal in nature and had nothing to do with her official duties.
The DFA Secretary told The Adobo Chronicles that he wanted to preserve the integrity of diplomatlc passports and prevent abuse and any sense of entitlement by current and former government officials.
The Office of the Vice President could not be reached for comment.